English 109 Fall 2012, T-Th 11:00 a.m., Rick Dollieslager, Thomas Nelson Community College

booker t washington

“Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than in bad company.”

Booker T. Washington

On Course, Chap. V "Employing Interdependence"
Interdependency: "Develop mutually supportive relationships . . . create a support network . . . strengthen relationships with active listening"

Last Updated, 6 December 2012, 11:30 a.m.

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Contact Mr. D. by email, dollier@tncc.edu; by phone, 825-3543; or in person, room 874, first floor of Templin Hall

Extra Credit Opportunities
Earn 5 points of extra credit by attending a Student Success Seminar, writing at least two pages of Cornell-style notes, and turning them in to me along with your attendance slip. You may earn up to 15 points of extra credit this way, by attending and note taking at three seminars.

Success Seminars: Personal Development
Success Seminars: Academic Enhancement


Week One

Tuesday, August 21, 2012
In class: Foundations. 1] Introductions and information-gathering for colleagues quiz 2] On Course
pre-semester self-assessment.

Thursday, August 23, 2012
In class g roup writing assignment: Describe a (real or fictitious) successful student. I will use the qualities you describe to add information to our class syllabus

Homework for Week Two:
Get your book this week, please. For future reference, check out Chegg.com, a website from which you may rent books (at about half the cost of buying them!)

Week Two

Tuesday, 8/28/12
In-class: 1] Access
Chap. I of On Course online. 2] ] Power Writing workshop

Thursday, 8/30/12
In-class: Lecture/discussion on The Natural Human Learning Process

Homework for Tuesday 9/4:
1]
Read On Course, pages 2-18
2] Write Journal entries 1 & 2 (NOTE: I will collect these at the start of class on Tuesday and will grade them in class because I want you to know if you will be earning full points on each journal entry.)
3] Write a Power Paragraph on the NHLP following this pattern: 1-2-3-2-3-2-3-2-3-2-3-2-3

Week Three

Mr. D's Chapter II summary: The paths our lives take are not predetermined or written in some cosmic scriptbook that can't be known to us. Rather, we create our lives by the choices we make and the attitudes we hold to. Creator or Victim choices are not "good" or "bad" per se. They direct the processes by which we arrive at the outcomes and experiences we wish to create in our lives, so make the appropriate choices to make the things happen which you desire as outcomes. Whether we want them to or not, the choices we make (and even passively deciding to do nothing is a choice we make) create our lives.

Tuesday, 9/4/12
In-class: Creators and Victims discussiontion of Instructor section is still empty. Make a list and let's discuss it. 2] Begin a Power Write on your Hartman results.

Homework for Thursday 9/6:
Read On Course, pages 19-27 (Note: we will write journal entry #3 in class on Thursday)

Thursday, 9/6/12
In-class: 1] Study Skill focus: pre-reading strategies and activities--Cornell pre-reading notes on Chap 2

Homework for Tuesday 9/11:
Read
pages 29-42
Write journal entries 4 and 5
Write Cornell notes on pages 29-42

Week Four

Tuesday, 9/11/12
In-class: 1] Excuses and Reasons worksheet

Homework for Thursday 9/13: The Language of Responsibility work sheet

Thursday, 9/13/12
Practicing the Wise Choices process

Homework for Tuesday 9/18:
Read
pages 43-62,
write
journal entry 6,
write Cornell notes
on pages 43-62,
write
a well developed paragraph discussing how you will solve the problem you and your partner "wise choiced" in class today
NOTE: You may use your Cornell notes to do the Chap 2 test on Tuesday, but you may not use your book Write a paragraph explaining how you will soleve the problem that you and your partner "Wise Choiced" in class today

Week Five

Tuesday, 9/18/12
In-class: Use Chap 2 notes to take the Test on Chap 2.

Homework for Thursday 9/20:

  1. Choose a song that you know which reflects your dominant Hartman personality color, and write a paragraph explaining why or how it does so.
  2. Write and turn in journals 1-7
  3. Complete the Chap 3 preview/graphic organizer sheet

Thursday, 9/20/12
In-class: C & V and the
language of responsibility (Let's learn some hand gestures. Ahem.)

Homework for Tuesday 9/25: Do your own lyrics analysis following the instructions: a) Identify 6 songs that you are familiar with or that you commonly listen to to analyze the messages in the lyrics. Three will exhibit Creator messages and three will exhibit Victim messages. b) Go on line and find the lyrics of these songs; then copy a couple stanzas which exemplify the song appropriately, and paste those lyrics into an MS Word document. c) Below the lyrics, state whether the message is a Victim or Creator message and explain why. d) Additionally, give advice to the Victim messages on how to act the Creator role. e) VERY IMPORTANT: in your lyrics analyses, write your answers in complete, grammatically correct sentences. This assignment is due at the start of class on Tuesday.

Week Six

Tuesday, 9/25/12
In-class: Use Chap 2 notes to take the Test on Chap 2.

Thursday, 9/27/12
In-class: View and discuss "Celebrate What's Right in the World"

Homework for Tuesday 10/2:
Read the rest of Chap. 3 (pages 77-100)
Write Cornell notes on the rest of Chap. 3 (You will use your notes to prepare for a test on Chap 3 in two weeks, so make them thorough.)
Note: I will not require you to turn in the journals from Chapter 3 since you are taking notes on the whole thing, so take good notes!

Week Seven

Tuesday, 10/2/12
In-class: 1] Revising "Music to My Ears"--the lyrics analysis assignment. This time we will follow the instructions!! 2] (Slightly early) mid-term evaluations will start in class while you are revising your lyrics analyses.

Homework for Thursday 10/4:
Bring your On Course book by Dr. Downing, with YOUR NAME written in it. I will have a drop slip filled out with your name on it. If I do not see your On Course text with your name in it, I will process the form, and you will be dropped from Eng. 109. It's a simple as this: Get the book or go.

Thursday, 10/4/12
In-class: Guided writing: Compose your personal affirmation

Week Eight

Tuesday, 10/9/12
In-class: 1] Read and discuss "
What Skills are Employers Looking For?" and "Top Ten Skills Employers are Looking For" 2] Small group in-class project: Make a notes sheet sectioned off for each of the skills indicated in the two articles. Fill up those sections with examples of the ways in which our Learning Communities program is supporting these goals. 3] Finish mid-term evaluations

Thursday, 10/11/12
In-class: View the Goleman video and take Cornell notes about E.I. so that you fully understand the concept.

Note: Remember to take your On Course book to Mr. Sulzberger's class on Monday in order to preview Chapter 4.

Homework for Tuesday 10/16 Analyze the characters in this scene from the TV show The Office describing the ways any characters exhibit emotional intelligence and the ways any show a lack of E.I.: "The Chore Wheel"

Week Nine

Tuesday, 10/16/12
In-class: 1] Turn in your analysis of the video you viewed last Thursday. 2] Preview Steven Covey's
time management matrix

Homework for Thursday 10/18
Read the case study on page 102
Write three short paragraphs answering the questions at the end of the case study (including the "diving deeper" question)

Thursday, 10/18/12
In-class: 1] Turn in your paragraphs from the case study on page 102. 2] Discuss professionalism. 3] Do a professionalism and cooperation self-assessment. 4] Work Perfect Copy lessons in "Beginning and Ending Punctuation," focusing on sentence boundaries in order to avoid fragments, run-ons, and comma splices.

Homework for Tuesday 10/23:
Read pages 102-112
Write journals 12 & 13

Week Ten

Tuesday, 10/23/12
In-class: Registration workshop.

Homework for Thursday 10/25:
Read pages 113-121
Write journal 14
Note: Place the 32 day commitment into your notes folder to keep it current. Mark it every day as you work towad your goal for the next 32 days.

Free on-line resources for grammar and punctuation lessons:

  • The Guide to Grammar and Writing. The best way to use this is to go to index to access the punctuation or grammar conventions that you have problems with, scroll to the bottom of the page and do a quiz. then read that page of the handbook and do a second lesson. your socre should improve. If you immediately go to one of your papers and correct for just that ONE error, you will probably be able to fix that one problem. Then focus on another editing problem that you have and work it the same way.
  • W.W. Norton Field Guide to Writing, Exercise Central. Choose multiple choice questions, then choose a paragraph correcting activity. Again, work the lessons in areas where your editing skills are weakest.

Thursday, 10/25/12
In-class: Registration workshop.

Extra Credit Opportunities
Earn 5 points of extra credit by attending a Student Success Seminar, writing at least two pages of Cornell-style notes, and turning them in to me along with your attendance slip. You may earn up to 15 points of extra credit this way, by attending and note taking at three seminars.

Success Seminars: Personal Development
Success Seminars: Academic Enhancement

Week Eleven

Tuesday, 10/30/12
In-class: Read your email about class cancellation due to storm aftermath.

Homework for Thursday 11/1:
Bring to class your On Course book, your journal folder with journals up to date, and your notes folders. You will need all of these items.

Thursday, 11/1/12
In-class: 1] Read and reflect on "One Student's Story" (Holt Boggs, pg. 122); 2] timed reading of pages 122-126, 3] begin journal entry # 15

Homework for Tuesday 11/6:
Bring to class your On Course book, your journal folder with journals up to date, and your notes folders. You will need all of these items.
Write a victory card (re: page 125) every day, Thursday - Monday (bring them with you to class on Tues.)
Read pages 130-135
Write Cornell notes for pages 130-135. Be thorough because I will collect your notes for a grade.

Week Twelve

Mr. D’s Chapter V Summary: Interdependence refers to the degree to which people cooperate in order to achieve mutually beneficial results. Successful people “develop mutually supportive relationships . . . create a support network . . . and strengthen relationsnhips with active listening" (Downing, p. 139) helping both others and themselves to reach their goals and dreams. Interdependence is developed by working together to accomplish specific objectives, is strengthened by active listening and honest communication. In an interdependent system, everyone contributes to agreed upon processes or objectives and everyone benefits.

Tuesday, 11/6/12
In-class activity: "I do my life as I did the puzzle"

Homework for Thursday 11/8: 1] Vote Today! 2] Finish your reflection: "I do my life as I did the puzzle"

Thursday, 11/8/12
In-class: 1] Read 151-153, and 2] do an active listening activity. 3] Preview chapter 6

Week Thirteen

Tuesday, 11/13/12
In-class: Begin personal study skills bibliography project, which will be
an annotated bibliography of the soft skills and hard skills you will need in order to succeed through the rest of this semester and to achieve straight A's next, based on the specific courses you will be taking. (Note: Use this citation generator to determine what information is needed in your bibliography.)

Homework for Thursday, 11/27

  • Draft your annotated bibliography. This project will include at least 24 sites, at least 4 of which will be specifically to help you with the course you are going to take next semester. The draft of this project will be due at the start of class on 11/27/12. You must have the content finished. Together we will "tweak" the bibliographical entries in class on 11/27. Each annotation will be appx. 4 to 5 sentences, using the criteria explained here.
  • Read pages 165-170
  • Read pages 171-185
  • Write journals 20 and 21

Thursday, 11/15/12
We do not meet in the classroom on Thursday. I will be in Asheville, N.C., giving a conference presentation on brain development during learning. So we will meet again the week after Thanksgiving break.

Homework for Tuesday, 11/27
A draft of your your annotated bibliography is due at the start of class.
Follow those instructions I just linked to!

Week Fourteen

Tuesday, 11/27/12
In-class: Personal
study skills annotated bibliography project is due at the start of class

Homework for Thursday, 11/29
Final copy of your your annotated bibliography
is due at the start of class.

Thursday, 11/29/12
In-class: 1] Wordle-izing your bibliography. 2] Go-animating your best success lesson

Week Fifteen

Tuesday, 12/4/12
In-class:
"Go-animate" your best success lesson

Homework for Thursday, 12/6
Finish
your Goanimate lesson

Thursday, 12/6/12
In-class: 1] Post-semester self assessment this is for journal #32, which we will write in class today. 2] Begin final reading assignment (take notes because you will be writing about this) down to the section subheading that reads "The Psychopath Next Door."

Homework for Thursday, 12/13
1] Based on the reading above, write an analysis of approximately 150 words (about a half page) discussing whether you think sociopathy is the behavior of a Creator or a Victim. Use the characteristics of Victims and Creators discussed in Chapter 2 when you answer that question. Above your analysis, retype or paste in and resize the Booker T. Washington quote at the top of the class page so that the quote is a lead-in to your discussion. Speculate about why the definition doesn't apply until a person is at least 18 years of age.
2] Bring your annotated bibliography with you in electronic form so that we can make them into a hypertext resource that you can continue to use into the future.
3] Redeem the NQA if elegible for redemption. It is in the "Success Habits Outside of Class" section.

Here is your final exam schedule for all your classes next week.

Finals Week

Thursday, 12/13/12 NOTE: We start at 10:45 a.m. and go until until 1:45 for our final meeting
In-class: 1] Share our
Go-animate lessons. 2] Hypertext our annotated bibilographies


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